Save Time in Microsoft Excel using Zoom Shortcuts

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated July 12, 2017

Applies to: Microsoft® Excel® 2010 , 2013 and 2016 (Windows)

One common thing that many Excel users want to be able to do quickly is zoom in and out in their Excel workbooks. This is helpful for users with varying levels of vision impairment

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Check out the following strategies for zooming in and out using the mouse or your keyboard.

Zoom in and out using the mouse

If you have a mouse wheel in the middle of your mouse, press Control while rolling the mouse wheel forward or backward to zoom in and out.

Zoom in and out using the keyboard (2016 users only)

If you have Excel 2016, you can now zoom in and out by pressing Control + Alt + plus sign (+) or Control + Alt + minus sign (-).

Access the Zoom dialog using the keyboard

You can zoom in and out by accessing the Zoom dialog in the Ribbon using the keyboard:

  1. Press the Alt key. Key tip labels or badges appear on the Ribbon.
  2. Press w to activate the View tab.
  3. Press q to display the Zoom dialog box.
  4. Use the up and down arrow keys to select a zoom level. If you select Custom, enter a zoom percentage.
  5. Press Enter.

Microsoft Excel zoom dialog box to choose zoom levels.

Add zoom buttons to the Quick Access Toolbar

You can also add zoom buttons to the Quick Access Toolbar and then use keyboard shortcuts to access them:

  1. Click on the File tab on the Ribbon and then click on Options.
  2. Click on the Quick Access Toolbar category on the left.
  3. From the drop-down menu under Choose commands from, select All Commands.
  4. Click on the button(s) you wish to add. In this case, add Zoom (with the magnifying glass) and Zoom In and Zoom Out.
  5. Click on Add. Repeat for each button.
  6. If you wish to re-order buttons, click on the button in the Customize Quick Access toolbar pane on the right and click on the Move Up or Move Down arrow buttons.
  7. Click on Close.


Once you have added the desired buttons, Excel assigns keyboard shortcuts automatically to the buttons based on the order in the Quick Access toolbar. For example, the first button can be accessed by pressing Alt and then 1, the second button by pressing Alt and then 2 and so on.

You can zoom in and out quickly and easily using these simple strategies in Excel.

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